Torrenting is pretty popular infamous at this point; some would even say infamous. Of course many people use torrents for illegitimate purposes, but there’s a ton of legitimate uses for torrents. For example, many Linux distributions distribute OS files via ISOs delivered over torrents, as it is a good way [...]Read More »
China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology is teaming up with Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, to create the country’s new ”open and standardised operating system.”
The new version of Ubuntu, which is codenamed Kylin, will be completely tailored for the local needs of Chinese citizens. Baidu maps will be [...]Read More »
On Linux, no matter the packaging system, you’re bound to find someone who has created packages for every distro except the one that you’re running. Luckily there’s Alien. Alien is a terminal based program that can convert almost any package file type for installation on any distro. The program [...]Read More »
If you’re big into instant messaging you might want to listen up. Empathy allows you to use all of your instant messaging accounts in one place. dotTech has covered Pidgin in the past, however, Empathy is a viable alternative. Empathy is part of the Gnome project, and is the standard [...]Read More »
[Windows] BleachBit will clean your computer and protect your privacy, is an excellent alternative to CCleaner [Linux]
When it comes to Windows, maintenance is critical. If you don’t take care of your system you’ll regret it later. Your computer will slow to an eventual crawl and you’ll get frustrated. All this can be avoided by installing a tool like BleachBit. I’m quite aware of CCleaner. I [...]Read More »
Conky is a very unique program and, typical to the Linux platform, Conky is very customizable. It’s a system stat tool that runs inside of X and on Linux. Conky is essential if you’re the type of person that likes to watch and keep track of what your system is [...]Read More »
Unity has been around for a few releases by now and with every single release, Canonical guts customization a little more. With Ubuntu 12.04 you weren’t allowed to set the Unity launcher to auto-hide anymore, and with 12.10 it became increasingly confusing for new users to customize Unity. That’s where [...]Read More »
Linux users make demands to Microsoft. But Microsoft knows their weakness.Read More »
A good and easy non-linear video editing program is pretty rare on Linux. Luckily, we have OpenShot. OpenShot makes it easy for you to edit your video files and create your own movies on Linux. OpenShot is an open source project and is written in the python programming language.[...]Read More »
[Linux] Terminator is an extremely powerful, feature-filled terminal for all your command-line needs
The other day I reviewed Sakura. I deemed it a basic UNIX terminal emulator with a lot of potential but little power. Today, I bring you Terminator. Terminator is the most powerful UNIX terminal emulator I’ve ever had the pleasure of using on Linux. There’s not really a debate [...]Read More »
Every once in a while in the Linux world a new web browser comes along. This one is called Midori, and it’s been around for a decent amount of time. It’s a pretty basic webkit based browser developed by twotoasts and is part of the XFCE project. Midori is [...]Read More »
Google Reader is on its last breathe. RSS fiends need to find a substitute. I’m sure among the multiple thousands heads we have here on dotTech we can figure out viable — maybe even better — alternatives to Google Reader. So let ‘em rip. In the comments below, share with [...]Read More »
On Linux, having a terminal emulator is a must. Even if you don’t like the command line, a terminal can be your best friend when something goes wrong. You can do anything with it. Sure, most Linux distributions have streamlined the usage of their operations by supplying you with shiny [...]Read More »
Sometimes It’s hard to find an application that does more than what you want. It’s even rarer to find software that does stuff for you that you didn’t even know that you needed. K3b is one of those programs. This program is a full featured disc burning application, one that [...]Read More »
If you’re an Ubuntu user that isn’t totally sure about where all the options for customization and tweaking are, Ubuntu Tweak is something you need in your life. Along with making customization options easy to access, Ubuntu Tweak also allows you to clean up your Ubuntu system. Ubuntu Tweak offers [...]Read More »
So apparently airlines use Linux to power their in-flight entertainment. And it doesn’t always workRead More »
Do you still have Java installed? Then you probably want to know that yet another zero-day Java vulnerability is found, and unlike the two vulnerabilities discovered earlier this week by Security Explorations, this vulnerability is being exploited in-the-wild effectively making it a new zero-day attack aimed at Java users.
According [...]Read More »
Guess what? Adobe Flash is being hit with in-the-wild attacks (again); update to latest version to stay safe
Java. Flash. Java. Flash. Java. Flash. It seems like these two take turns in making your system vulnerable to attack. Sometimes they even misbehave at the same time, like today. As mentioned earlier today, two new vulnerabilities have been discovered in Java. Now it is Flash’s turn.
Adobe just announced [...]Read More »
This is getting old: New zero-day vulnerabilities found in latest versions of Java, including Java 7 Update 15
Still have Java installed on your computer or enabled in your browser? Then you should know new vulnerabilities have been discovered in the latest versions of Java. Again.
The current latest version of Java is Java 7 Update 15, which includes the most recent patch Oracle issues on February 19. [...]Read More »
I am a firm believer that there are great browsers out there that many of us have not tried. Don’t get me wrong, I like Chrome and Firefox as much as the next guy. That being said, I enjoy using SeaMonkey and Maxthon more. However, there are still a number [...]Read More »
[Windows] Money Manager EX is a free, open-source, cross-platform, and easy-to-use finance management program [Mac OS X, Linux]
Regular readers might recall that we recently reviewed Bodega, a virtual storefront for browsing and selecting cool new apps that you might have otherwise missed out on. Well, I was browsing Bodega’s offerings earlier this week, and I got intrigued by one personal finance app they were featuring. It’s called [...]Read More »
Latest version of Java (7u11) is still vulnerable, Oracle issued an incomplete patch according to experts
Something surprising happened last week. Oracle issued an update (Java 7u11, Java 6u37, Java 5u38, and Java 4u40) in just three days to patch a recently discovered and massively exploited Java vulnerability. And over the weekend, too. As it turns out, Oracle didn’t do a very good job. (Is anyone [...]Read More »
[Windows] UMPlayer is an excellent portable video and audio player that plays over 270 different audio and video file formats [Mac OS X, Linux]
Have you ever been trying to play a video on…say…Windows Media Player and it comes back with the “this codec not supported” or something along those lines? Well, don’t worry. Many of us have. This is why people are always looking for different video and audio players that naturally support [...]Read More »
You know that latest Java exploit that had the world up in arms, with Firefox and Apple blocking Java and U.S. Department of Homeland Security recommending people disable Java? Yeah, well, Oracle has issued updates to Java to address and plug the exploit.
According to update notes released by Oracle [...]Read More »
Firefox and Apple have blocked Java while U.S. Homeland Security recommends everyone disable it, because of vulnerabilities
Late last year Java was hit with multiple vulnerabilities one after another. Earlier this week another Java exploit was discovered, one that is being actively exploited on the internet by criminals. Due to Java’s seemingly endless security issues, and the fact that the latest exploit is being “massively exploited in [...]Read More »
New Java zero-day exploit hits the internet, is “massively exploited in the wild” — disable Java now!
So you thought Java season was over, eh? Wrong! It is still open season on Java and a brand new, previously unknown bug has been discovered in Java that allows scumbags to install malware on the computers of netizens.
It isn’t entirely clear how this exploit is conducted but it [...]Read More »
So you are a Youtube junkie yet you find it annoying to watch Youtube in your browser for multiple reasons, such as the inability to multitask while watching videos. Want to know a better way to watch Youtube videos? Through VLC media player.
WHAT IS VLC MEDIA PLAYER?
VLC Media [...]Read More »
With today’s built-in redundancy measures, it is much harder to corrupt a Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document than it was in the past. However, corruption still happens. What to do when you have a corrupted Word, Excel, or PowerPoint document? If the document is DOCX, XLSX, or PPTX format, then [...]Read More »
New Java vulnerability in Java 5/6/7 bypasses Java security sandbox, affects 1 billion users worldwide
Is it open season on Java? Or has the season for Java never ended? Who knows. I do know, however, that yet another vulnerability has been discovered in Java. This time the vulnerability affects Java 5, Java 6, and Java 7, meaning roughly one billion users around the world are [...]Read More »
Password stealing trojan hits Mac OS X and Linux, declared “first in history” to affect both platforms
Russian security firm Doctor Web is reporting the discovery of a password stealing trojan that is taking aim at Mac OS X and Linux. (
Should have bought a Windows.)
According to Doctor Web, the maker of Dr. Web Anti-Virus and related products, the BackDoor.Wirenet.1 trojan (a name Dr. [...]Read More »
NVIDIA has replied to the recent comments made by Linus Torvalds about the lack of support to Linux by NVIDIA.
While attending a forum hosted in Finland, on June 14, Torvalds spilled out his distaste for the lack of support of Linux by NVIDIA. He said that even though NVIDIA [...]Read More »
Linus Torvalds has often been known for his ‘openness’. In a forum hosted by Aalto Center for Entrepreneurship in Otaniemi, Finland on June 14, he shared his thoughts on Nvidia (again).
When asked by a woman about the lack of support from Nvidia for Linux systems, Linus Torvalds expressed his [...]Read More »
Create mobile (iOS/Android), flash, and HTML5 games with or without code knowledge using StencylWorks
Some posts ago we brought to your knowledge Unity, a heavyweight video game development tool. Now we present you a simpler tool, one that creates 2D games, StencylWorks.
HOW DOES STENCYL… WORKS?
Not sure to be honest. Here at dotTech, as you probably already know, we are not game [...]Read More »